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December

Hall of Famer Dave Robinson chats with ALLGBP.com

Dave Robinson joined ALLGBP for a phone interview. Photo courtesy Packers.com.Dave Robinson joined ALLGBP for a phone interview. Photo courtesy Packers.com.

Dave Robinson joined ALLGBP for a phone interview. Photo courtesy Packers.com.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Packers linebacker Dave Robinson joined me for a phone interview Dec. 4. Needless to say, the 72-year-old Robinson had some great stories and a first-hand account of the Vince Lombardi-era Packers.

“He used to say there were players in the league that were bigger than us, stronger than us, faster than us, could jump higher,” Robinson said of Lombardi. “But we had that certain something, he said, that he saw that made you a Green Bay Packer. He took that little something and nurtured it.”

Robinson pointed out that people seem to lose sight of the fact that Lombardi was the also team’s general manager during his legendary run in Green Bay.

“On our defense, 10 of the 11 people  on our defense Vince Lombardi had acquired as the general manager,” Robinson said. “He was a big offensive coach, but he was sharp enough to acquire 10 of 11 (on defense). The only one he didn’t acquire was Ray Nitschke.”

Of course, Lombardi was the one who took Nitschke and turned him into a starter upon his arrival.

Robinson will be honored today (Dec. 4) in his hometown Moorestown, N.J. as part of the “Hometown Hall of Famer” banquet, presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company. He spoke of his time growing up in New Jersey, going to college and meeting Joe Paterno at Penn State and, of course, the current Packers and the Aaron Rodgers situation.

Check out the whole interview below. Dave made it very worth your 15 minutes.

 

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12

June

A.J. Hawk, Dave Robinson honored at Lee Remmel banquet

Former Packers LB Dave Robinson

Former Packers LB Dave Robinson

At the 14th Lee Remmel Sports Awards Banquet on June 11–what would have been Vince Lombardi’s 100th birthday–Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk and Lombardi-era star Dave Robinson each received an award for their achievements on and off the field.

Hawk was the recipient of the Professional Achievement Award. Since being selected No. 5 overall by the Packers in 2006, Hawk has proven to be a reliable piece of the defense, playing in 110 of a possible 112 regular season games in seven seasons.

“From the very first step off the plane, we realized that there’s something special here,” Hawk said. “Something is different, and it’s so unique.”

Off the field, Hawk has remained active in the community, serving as the spokesman for the Wisconsin Special Olympics. Hawk has also supported the Donald Driver Foundation, the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer, the Greg Jennings Foundation, the Al Harris Outreach Program, and the 2nd & 7 Foundation, which is fellow Ohio State alum Mike Vrabel’s charity.

“I love being able to play football here, and I hope to do it for as long as possible,” Hawk said. “I hope to bring many more Super Bowls back to Green Bay. I got one, but sitting next to a guy like Dave, that’s nothing. He laughs at that.”

Hawk was a starter on the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV championship team, whereas Robinson started for the Packers in Super Bowls I and II, which capped off an historic run of three consecutive World Championships.

While accepting the Distinguished Service Award, Robinson reminisced about the 1966 NFL Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys. With a berth in Super Bowl I on the line and facing a fourth-and-goal late in the fourth quarter, Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith was in Robinson’s grasp before his desperation pass was intercepted by Tom Brown. The Packers ran the clock out and won 34-27, punching their ticket to the first ever Super Bowl.

“Without that game, the Lombardi Trophy may very well be called the Landry Trophy,” Robinson said. “And that just makes me sick.”

In Robinson’s ten years in Green Bay, the Packers never lost to the Cowboys, with the exception of one exhibition game in Dallas. Robinson, a member of the 1960s All-Decade team, still questions the Cowboys’ “America’s Team” label.

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January

Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver Announces Retirement

Donald Driver

Packers WR Donald Driver is retiring after 14 seasons.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver announced on ESPN Radio Thursday morning that he is retiring after 14 memorable seasons.

The Packers have scheduled an official retirement ceremony for Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Fans can attend and tickets will be available at the Packers ticket office starting Friday.

Driver is the Packers all-time leader in receptions (743), receiving yards (19,137), 1,000-yard receiving seasons (7), 50-catch seasons (9), consecutive games with a catch (133), receptions at Lambeau Field (363) and receiving yards at Lambeau Field (5,000).

What else is there to say about Driver? He was one of my favorite Packers of all time and will be remembered as one of the greatest Packers ever.

Leave your favorite Driver memories in the comments section and let’s spend today remembering No. 80 for everything he’s done for the Green and Gold.

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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6

November

Win Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Game Tickets Here…

Win Packers Tickets

The Packers Hall of Fame is sponsoring a contest where you could win 2 tickets to Packers home games against the Vikings or the Lions. Also included is one night’s Hotel accommodations and two tickets to the Packers Hall of Fame.

There is no cost to enter – just go to the contest page on the Packers Hall of Fame Web Site and enter. One entry per person, but be sure to tell your friends and family about this contest. Spread the word…

 

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7

August

Long Overdue: A Twentysomething’s First Ever Green Bay Packers Practice

For a Wisconsin boy, not previously experiencing what I experienced this past Thursday borders on criminal.

It’s something I always wanted to do, but for whatever reason (work and before that, getting ready for school as well as myA Packers Fan at His First Packers Practice. parents both working) I never got around to doing it.  This year however, after an extended NFL lockout, I decided I needed to do this……just a month shy of my 28th birthday.

I decided to attend a Green Bay Packers training camp practice.

I have outgrown the age where Packers players could ride my bike. Well, I don’t even have a bike but if I did I’d still be over the age limit.   So instead I packed up the car and decided to make the trip to Green Bay alone for Thursday night practice.

It was a trip that almost never even left the driveway.

As I sat down in my 2005 Cavalier, I tried to start the car only to be greeted by chugging and sputtering.  I thought to myself, “This can’t be happening.  You are going to your first Packer practice about 20 years overdue and your car decides to take a dump. Unreal.”

However, much like the 2010 Packers, a little adversity was not going to get in the way of my ultimate goal.  I was going to be there for 7:00 practice if I had to hitchhike my way there.

Thankfully, the repair shop had a loaner, a 2001 Buick Regal with 150,000 miles on it that I could use until Monday when my car would be repaired. Sold.

At about 3:30, I arrived at Lambeau Field.  With some time to kill before gates to practice opened, I decided to go through the Packers Hall of Fame and browse the Pro Shop.  If there is anyone reading this that has not yet been to Lambeau since the renovations, you need to get your tail to Green Bay.  There is so much history in that building you get chills.  I go through it a lot and never tire of it.

Anyway, I head over to Ray Nitschke Field around 5:10 and see a lot of people already lined up at the gate.  My first thought was that these people must be starved for football due to the long lockout, but then a reality check hit me.  This is Green Bay, Titletown USA. What I’m witnessing is normal. It’s cool to see this many people turn out for a practice.

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April

Packers Hall of Fame Announces Donation of Rare Don Hutson Recordings

April 22, 20101 Green Bay, Wis. – Don Hutson, a Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer who played for the Packers from 1935 to 1945, hosted a radio program in the late 1940s. Selected recordings of this program are now part of the Packers Hall of Fame archives of Packers history.

Don Hutson’s nephew, Steve Hutson of Mequon, WI, donated the unusual vinyl-coated aluminum records that are 16 inches in diameter and play from the center to the outside. The Packers Hall of Fame audio engineer needed to purchase a custom-made turntable in order to play them and convert the recordings to digital MP3 files. There are three records, including one of Don Hutson’s audition for the radio show.

Tom Murphy, the Packers Hall of Fame archivist, said “these records are a great addition to our archive of physical items — but to also have these recordings in digital format really makes this donation special. We can make clips available to our members via our new online digital archive (packershalloffame.com/access-pass) and we can offer them to fans as a digital download (packershalloffame.com/online-store).

Steve Hutson said “Lee Remmel previously suggested the Hall of Fame might be able to do something with these records. It’s wonderful that my uncle’s commentary about Packers football in 1949 has been digitized and can now be heard by Packer fans throughout the world.”

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. was established in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, independent of the Green Bay Packers, with the mission to preserve and protect the history of the Packers. The physical location is housed in a spectacular 25,000-square foot facility in the Lambeau Field Atrium and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with variable hours on game days and holidays (call 920-569-7512 for more information). The Packers Hall of Fame digital archive was established in 2011 to provide an online resource of Packers history. Fans can learn more at packershalloffame.com The Hall raises funds to support its mission through events and donations. The annual Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 11, 2011, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. The annual Induction Banquet will be held on July 23, 2011 at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, Wis. Both events are currently sold out. Contributions to the Packers Hall of Fame — either financial or in the form of historic Packers memorabilia — may quality as a tax-deductible gift.

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April

Packers Hall of Fame Press Release – Enhanced Online Presence

Below are the contents of a press release issued today (04/20/11) by the Packers Hall of Fame.

Packers Hall of Fame Launches Digital Archive of Packers History

April 20, 2011, Green Bay WI

 The Packers Hall of Fame has enhanced their online presence with a multi-faceted approach:

 1. A new public website (packershalloffame.com) to promote the organization’s mission to protect and preserve the history of the Packers.
 
 2. A members-only online area (packershalloffame.com/access-pass) with the objective of ‘keeping Packers history alive.‘ This elaborate online system launched in mid-January with 250 pages of content, hundreds of photos, more than 10 videos, trivia and poll questions and more. New content will be added each month with the goal of building a complete digital archive of Packers history — including video, audio, and written stories from fans, coaches, players, and staff about the ‘most storied franchise in all of sports.’
 
3. Individual websites for each individual who has been inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame (in process — and scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011). See an example at daverobinson.packershalloffame.com. Fans can get their ‘All Access Pass’ to the members-only online area by signing up at packershalloffame.com and paying a nominal monthly fee.
    
 
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, independent of the Green Bay Packers, with the mission to preserve and protect the history of the Packers. It was established in 1967 and, since then, 144 individuals have been inducted at the organization’s annual Induction Banquet. The Green Bay Packers are the only sport franchise with both a facility-based (in Lambeau Field)
 
 
 
 
 
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